Posted: 26 March, 2015
New QOTSA album on hold as the band 'takes a break'
(Photo by Triple M)
Late last year fans of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE rejoiced when front man Josh Homme let loose that the boys had new tunes ready for the studio. Not only that, but in an interview with Rolling Stone Homme said, “We have more than enough songs. We’re booked til September, but after that we plan to jump in the studio and get going.”
Yet here we are in March 2015 with news from bassist Mikey Shuman that the band is already ‘taking a break’.
Speaking to Gigwise, Shuman said, “There will be future stuff with Queens, we’re just taking a break since we had a long, long two years of touring. We’ll take a break to do other stuff.”
QOTSA initially seemed enthusiastic to get a run on entering the studio “because we were in a good spot, having fun and the record (‘…Like Clockwork’) had done really well”, said Shuman. “But we decided to take a break because we had been going so hard for so long…It’s not like we’re sick of each other and don’t want to do it – it’s just better to step back for a second and come back once the world has had a bit of a break from you.”
Shuman will be working on his side project 'Mini Mansions', which just finished a European tour with British boys Royal Blood, and really believes the well-earned break will kick QOTSA up a notch when they hit the studio next.
“I think music and working with different people is the kind of process where you gain things along the way,” Shuman said. “And that’s what’s great about Queens – it’s a very open family and everyone is free to do what they want and bring different aspects about what they do to the table.”
But with a trendy 6 years between past releases ‘Era Vulgaris’ (2007) and ‘…Like Clockwork’ (2013), the news has left QOTSA fans gagging for more album updates to (hopefully) come.